The BADASS Dash, a 7K obstacle race coming to Atlanta on March 15, reminds runners “If you risk nothing, you gain nothing.” Thankfully, the only risk involved here is the risk of an ungraceful wipeout—the fun is guaranteed!

Badass DashThis race offers four divisions to accommodate runners of all ages and fitness levels. The Elite Division is targeted at well-trained individuals who can overcome the obstacles and still race hard to the finish line. The Recreation Division is for all fitness levels who may not be trained in adventure races like these but still want to have a great time and make it to the end. If you want to get your four-legged friends involved, the K9 Companion Divison is for you. Anyone who is 14 and up, with a dog who’s at least one year old, can run a modified course designed specifically for your mixed-species team. Kids younger than 14 can stick to the Kids Dash Division, which is open to children four to 13 years old and features a mixture of adult and kids obstacles.

If none of these divisions feels right to you and you just want to watch, that’s encouraged too. Spectators can travel the course alongside the racers and cheer them on, as well as join in the post-race festival that features entertainment, a pet expo, a beer garden, an awards ceremony and other prize giveaways. You can also volunteer at the race, during either the morning or afternoon shifts, and you’ll receive snacks, drinks, and a BADASS Dash T-shirt and lunch or dinner depending on your shift.

Badass DashThe BADASS Dash in Atlanta expects around 2,000 runners this year, due to the huge success of its Atlanta debut last year. People will no doubt return to tackle their favorite obstacles like the Crazy Cargo Climb, Human Car Wash and the Raucus Rock Pile, which is the finish line constructed of stones from Stone Mountain itself. All told, the course contains 34 obstacles that, once you overcome them, will give you serious bragging rights.

In addition to bragging rights, it will also give you some perspective on a prevalent condition many Americans face: autism. The race’s charity partner is the organization Autism Speaks, and race director Brian Sharenow feels this partnership is a perfect fit. He explains, “Individuals within the autism spectrum often experience the daily stress of feeling like a square pegs trying to live in a world of round holes.” He likens that struggle to the struggle of overcoming the obstacles of the BADASS Dash. Sharenow says, “Although part of the thrill and excitement of the race is working toward conquering those obstacles, there’s a certain amount of relief that comes from knowing there’s a finish line. There’s an immense feeling of satisfaction knowing you completed that last obstacle and are headed toward the coveted finish line to celebrate. However, for individuals within the autism spectrum, the obstacles never end – there’s always one more. The focus of these events is to hopefully one day provide those with autism their finish line.”

Badass DashSo whether you run to support this worthy charity partner or just to have some fun with your friends, family or pets, take advantage of early registration and sign up for the BADASS Dash today!


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Sope Creek Elementary’s Christiane Wyckoff is here to give you her best advice on how to spend your downtime. Christiane Wyckoff

Q: What is your favorite way to spend a day off?

A: As a fifth grade teacher I rarely get a day off. If and when I do, I have two ways I love to spend it. The first is to sleep late and hang out at home cooking, watching TV or reading a page turner. My second choice would be to spend time with my children.

Q: How do you make more time for yourself?

A: By scheduling it and writing it in my calendar.

Q: What is a must-see movie for you?

A: When I was younger I used to make it my goal to see every Oscar nominated film before the Oscars. Then, as life and kids took over, I stopped. So my goal is to see them all this year.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who wants to have more “me” time?

A: Be organized about it. Take it and don’t feel guilty about it!

Q: Who do you like to spend your free time with?

A: After my husband, Kurt, and my children, it’s my girlfriends, Sherri, Mary, Verdery and Boo.

Q: Who are the people that help you be your best self?

A: Natalia, at Kendrick & Co., who keeps my hair looking great. Janey, Jake and Jennifer at Get In Shape For Women in East Cobb are doing their best to help me get my body in shape, post-hip replacement.

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High Country Outfitters‘ Caroline Peters is here to give you her best advice on how to spend your downtime. Caroline Peters

Q: What is your favorite way to spend a day off? 

A: Outside with friends. I also enjoy yoga in the morning, paddling on the Chattahoochee River and then a trail run. It is the best excuse to eat whatever you want later!

Q: How do you make more time for yourself?

A: I recommend just starting your day early, right at sunrise and seize the day.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who wants to have more “me” time?

A: Remind yourself daily that “me” time will make you a happier, kinder, more playful person. This reminder will (hopefully) make you want to free up your day more for the things you love to do.

Q: Who do you like to spend your free time with?

A: My boyfriend who always pushes me to try new things. Also other yogis who remind me to stay calm and share positivity and other women who empower me.

Q: What is the most fun you’ve had in the last six months?

A: I went to Lake Tahoe solo for a stand up paddle board race on a whim! Traveling solo is the best growing experience.

Q: Who are the people that help you be your best self?

A: My dad, who has kept me outdoors and active, taught me to be kind to strangers and stood by my side no matter what.

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Jessica Shops Pick of the Month 

Our hands are exposed to everything, all the time. It is important to keep them hydrated in order to keep them looking young, especially during the dry winter months. I discovered Herbacin Kamille Hand cream one year while traveling in Germany and have been hooked ever since. This cream uses herbs and botanicals to moisturize and protect skin. Since the hand cream comes in a very cute, hard-to-miss green tube with a doaisy on the front, it’s easy to throw in your bag and keep with you on-the-go. Available at local Walgreens or Ulta. $5.99Herbacin Kamille

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Day 28 of Fitness – 10-Minute Daily Yoga Fix DVD

Best Self publisher: Sherri

You may have noticed that last week, we had a bit of snow here in Atlanta! Due to the road conditions—both weather- and traffic-related—our 30 Days of Fitness schedule got derailed. But that’s life, isn’t it? Whether it’s weather, an unexpected change in your kids’ schedules, or a myriad of other reasons, sometimes you just can’t get to the gym. But as they say, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” So regardless of the circumstances, your workout doesn’t have to wait!

10-minute Daily Yoga Fix DVDDuring the storm, I completed an at-home workout first thing in the morning. I used an excellent yoga DVD called 10-Minute Daily Yoga Fix. It has five 10-minute workout options that you can select from or combine to make a workout anywhere from 10 to 50 minutes long. The five sections are Ra’Yoka AM Yoga, Ra’Yoka PM Yoga, Tantalizing Tummy, Bootylicious Buns & Lean Legs, and Yoga Lean & Relax. This variety means that you can focus on muscle building, stretching, or simply waking up for your day, depending on how you feel and when you choose to work out.

That morning, I picked the 10 minutes of AM Yoga and, since I was at home and could control the temperature, I turned my workout into hot yoga by cranking up my thermostat to 80 degrees. Rainbeau Mars, the video’s instructor, was excellent from the perspective of correct body alignment and also from the motivational perspective. She instructed me to curl my body into a ball like the core of the sun and then to extend, stretching like the rays of the sun to warm up my back. She went on to say “You feel as young as your spine feels,” and that is so true. I have back issues, and this really got the kinks out. If you’re someone with back problems, joint problems, or just wake up with your muscles feeling a little tight in the mornings, a video like this is a great way to help you start the day feeling great.

Of course, there are tons of excellent videos out there. Find what you like and have it on hand for a rainy—or snowy—day. You never know when you might need it!

Details: 10-Minute Daily Yoga Fix DVD available on Amazon.

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If you’ve had surgery on your face, chances are you have had some bruising. Now there’s a way to professionally have those marks “disappear” with a special makeup technique called medical camouflage. This technique includes color contouring and traditional makeup application. It is also perfect for covering blemishes or skin discoloration.Med Camo

The service includes:

  • A consultation and makeup application with a professional makeup artist, which lasts about an hour and takes into consideration the type of camouflage requires, the client’s coloring, bone structure, features and personal style.
  • A makeup lesson on how to accomplish the application at home. Cost of service: $45 -$150.

- Information courtesy of Jessica Kisielewski, makeup artist, Institut’DERMed Spa, .

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Attend a canning workshop at the Piedmont Park Conservancy Community Center to learn how to preserve an array of seasonal vegetables for the colder months. Canning Lyn Deardorff, a canner with 40 years of experience, will give you hands-on instruction about how to safely preserve your food with a water bath method. In the workshop, which takes place on February 16 at noon, you will can three different types of food and learn how to can on your own at home. All supplies will be provided, and the cost is $75 per person.

Details: 1071 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA,

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Dr. Ellen Smith from North Decatur Family Medicine answers a reader’s question about the flu. Ellen Smith

Q: Why did I get the flu even though I got vaccinated this season?

A: You can still get the flu despite being vaccinated if you were infected prior to the vaccination, since symptoms start one to four days after the flu virus enters the body. Chances are you become infected during the two weeks it took for the vaccination to be fully effective. Another possibility is a different flu strain than the one used to create the vaccine infected you, though the vaccine still offers some protection in this case. The flu shot and hand hygiene are still the best ways to prevent you from contracting the flu.

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Mizuno Running recently released the Wave Prophecy 3, a new running shoe with full-length cushioning and support. This lightweight shoe follows the natural shape of your foot to encourage a long, comforatble run. MizunoThe price makes it an investment, but it’s well worth the bucks to help you go the distance. $209.99

Details: Big Peach Running Company,, .

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Join these heart health awareness events in celebration of National Heart Month. Heart Health

February 7: Wear red and show your support of heart disease research for National Wear Red Day. 

February 7: Fresh Produce and WomenHeart will be hosting a special event at the Mall of Georgia with cardiologist Dr. Nanette Wenger. There will be a presentation about the risks for heart disease and an in-store fashion show.

February 8: The Go Red for Women movement is hosting a Go Red Connect event to educate women about their health and get everyone involved in the cause.

February 15: Head over to the Healthy Heart Fair at Piedmont Heart-Sharpsburg and take advantage of the complimentary screenings for blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol. To register, call (877) 527-3712.

February 18: Tenecia Allen, MD, a DeKalb Medical cardiologist, will share tips for improving your heart health and safeguarding against many heart issues. Call (404) 501-9355.

February 25: Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna will present a talk on chest pain and coronary artery disease at 7 p.m., given by Jacob Levy, MD. Levy will touch on the importance of a heart healthy diet, exercise and changing poor health habits. Call (770) 319-2025.



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